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leader, rasmussen. his of when it went through after in the personal backing by president obama. today he addressed the top civilian and military leaders. he said the priority of nato must be the war in afghanistan. including talks with more moderate members of the taliban. >> under rasmussen, they arrived at nato headquarters at a challenging time. first, the insurgency in afghanistan and how to win the war against the taliban. >> afghans must take over the lead responsibility for security in most of their country. let me be clear. lead responsibility for the afghans. nato must and will be there in support. let no taliban propagandist try to sell my message as the exit. we will support the afghan people for as long as it takes. let me repeat that. for as long as it takes. >> and then there is the uneasy relationship between nato and russia. a reminder of the need to tread carefully. as a former danish prime minister, he will bring a new political dimension to nato's top job. >> nowhere is nato's mission under greater pressure than in afghanistan. the alliance has stepped up its operation
important, doesn't it, for rasmussen to say that he will do something about it? >> yes, but the problem is the senior western officials in the nato secretary general have been saying this for years. civilian casualties keep going up. some of those at the hands of international forces and others are at the hands of insurgents, but the pattern is clear. since operations began in 2001, the number of civilians getting killed particularly in the south and east is increasing, as are the number of foreign soldiers serving afghanistan -- their casualties are also increasing. the situation for now is more violent than ever before. >> judging by your analysis, the secretary and nato can only do so much? they can only do something about casualty's that are a result of their attacks, right? >> yes, the majority are killed by insurgents according to the united nations. but if you believe figures released last year, 30% or 40%, that is 2000 or 3000 afghans killed of the last three months, about 40% are at the hands of either foreign or afghan forces. there is much to improve how the business. the afg
i'm going to get out later with scott rasmussen shows us that 68% of americans describe their health coverage as excellent or good. so i beg to differ people are just so distraught on a daily basis about health care. what i think has happened here with the democrats is they absolutely were caught flat-footed by the level of discontent and distrust about big hulking government programs. they were caught flat-footed. they thought they were going to be able to ram this thing through before the vacation and lo and behold people started hearing things. maybe some things are exaggerated but a lot of the things are right from the bill itself, juan. >> you can't help yourself, laura. you are exactly right. some things are exaggerated. the 68% figure you cite was not before the republicans made this about the cost, the spending, and the idea that, you know what? it's not going to in fact cover everybody who is not insured at the moment. it's not going to drive down your personal cost. it's not going to contain health care costs for businesses being strapped by unpredictability of health care
rating has slumped to just over 50%. a new rasmussen reports poll show more people strongly disapprove of the way president obama's doing his jonathan strongly approve. >>> joining me now, the president of rasmussen reports, scott rasmussen. scott, first, these numbers, is there any sign of stabilizing, or is it -- is the president in some trouble here? >> well, the numbers have declined over the last month or six weeks. they seem to be stabilized right now, but this health care debate can change everything. what we know is voters are frustrated. they're frustrated by the economy, by the bailouts that started under bush and continued by obama. they are frustrated by the gm takeover, they don't feel the stimulus worked. and it's all coming out in the health care debate. >> your daily tracking poll has his approval rating in the tracking poll at 49%. >> right. >> anything contributing to that? is it the economy? is it health care, or is it a combination? >> it's a combination. it's the fact that 71% think that this president's policies have driven up the deficits. but the economy is the
: this is a fox news alert. fresh poll numbers hot off the presses from rasmussen reports. only 47% of americans say they approve of president obama's leadership. 52% now disapprove of the way he is doing his tribe. those numbers marked a precipitous fall for the president since taking office, and it could be tied to this raging health care debate. that is where we begin this new hour of "america's newsroom." [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- bill: sinking numbers for the white house. megyn: scott rasmussen will be joining us on these new numbers. he has some perspective for you on how this compares to past presidents. first up, we have carl cameron at the iowa state fair, where people are making their views known on the subject of health care reform. things are happening in iowa. >> with all these town halls, there was this criticism that people were coming with their minds already made up. these are just regular folks, so we decided to take a look. who wants to talk about healthcare? what do you think? should we cha
for joining us. the rasmussen poll is showing 47% approval, the lowest approval rating for president obama. your reaction? >> the president came in with pretty high approval ratings and he's been willing to spend the capital on trying to save the problems that we face. he's had health care reform, economy and one of the things that i think is most important, though, is if you look at the numbers of honest and trustworthiness, those numbers remain quite high. people may disagree with the way he's handling certain things but the fact that they still trust him and his judgment i think is pretty important. >> the performance, when you say performance, i tend to think of it as the argument, is this debate being conducted in an effective manner and i wouldn't say that it is. it's just too vague. we don't know. we have the principles that the president likes. we have a whole lot of bills passing around. we don't know when or if they will be reconciled into one bill if they will vote up or down on. so there's a lot to be disgusted with with what is coming out of washington these days. chris? >> i
has fallent o 56 p% in the latest gallup polls, and 49 in the rasmussen, not a good sign that the democrats will break the 32-year virginia governor's trend. >> we have learned that love matters a lot less than hate and disaing a -- and disagreement with a president resonates with the people in the opposite party. >> jon corzine is 14 points behind his republican challenger, former u.s. attorney chris christie. christie had a double digit lead even before the arrests last month of dozens of new jersey officials an and political operatives after an investigation christie himself initiated. >> corzine is enormously unpopular in new jersey. the republicans picked exactly the right candidate to carry the anti-corruption message in chris scris sty, and so there, it's much less of a referendum on barack obama. >> president obama's 200-day job approval rating is about the same as george bush's was but that says nothing about their political coattails or the likely success of their presidency. george h.w. bush had the highest job approval rating and bill clinton the lowest 200 da
. the evidence of shifting ant merely anecdotal. a rasmussen poll shows that there is a major change in how americans feel about the healthcare system. one year ago 37% said it was poor with only 29% calling it good or excellent. those figures have flipped. 48% view it as good or excellent, up 20 points and only 19% ate the system poor. with just a few days left before its recess, the bipartisan gang of six was back in action monday trying to negotiate a deal. in the meantime, republicans like senator cornyn say they continue to hear from worried constituents and are not at all surprised by their decision to fight back. >> they're scared and angry. many of them are slowing up at town hall meetings and expressing their views, and more power to 'em. we may not always like it, but people do have their right to express their views. >> following today's gang of six meeting, republican senator owe limb pia snow said that they're working hard to keep to the september 15 deadline for getting the bill done, set by max baucus. they will use video teleconferencing if they have to to get something do
with the way things are going in america, 61% say they are not satisfied. just 38% say they are. in a rasmussen pole, the president's job at the lowest level ever. >> from asbury park fug. >> well, it's a pretty stunning- >> the president's numbers have been slipping steadily. he was at 53%, the same share of the vote he got last november until about a month or so ago and his numbers have been sliding. the significant number is not the overall job approval, it's the fact that independents are breaking away from the president. what's happening is a lot of frustration has been accumulated, playing out in health care. voters were opposed to bailouts. they're overwhelmingly opposed to g.m. and takeovers. most opposed the clash for clunkers program and there was just this frustration people were feeling and it's coming out in play in the town halls we're seeing in the form of debating healthcare but it's really a bigger issue. >> what about pennsylvania, a state doing comfortably for barack obama, arlen specter just two weeks ago up by 11, now down by 12. >> two months ago. it was a two-month gap. s
option." greta: the health-care plan is not particularly popular in pennsylvania. and you rasmussen poll shows that only 42% bear -- a new rasmussen poll shows that only 42% -- they are passionate, are they not? >> they are. you know, in the middle of a savage recession, how can you not have anxiety for a government that over the last 10 years has not been very accountable? so it was a great session. greta: your leadership and the house. where you say it is un-american to be out there -- your leadership in the house. >> all i saw in the public today were americans. i had the opportunity to go across pennsylvania, and i have found whether you are a democrat, republican, not registered, independent that there is anxiety out there. how can you not be? we are in a savage recession, and you have lost your job or are about to. if there was ever a time to put principle over politics, it is now. all they want to do is talk to you and to hear and listen. that is what leaders are supposed to do, grab a hold of the anxiety at the moment, and we should be judged by the size of the problems we are ta
. 61% of americans say they are not satisfied just 3% say they are. and in a rasmussen poll, the president's job approval rating. joining us from los angeles doctor who treeches at occidental university and scott rasmussen. it's a pretty stunning last four weeks. you can put it in perspective for us? >> the president's numbers have been slipping steadily. he was at 53%, the same share the vote he got last november until about a month or so ago. and his numbers have been sliding then to significant number is not the overall job approval. it's the fact that independents are beginning to break away from the president. now, everybody says it's because of health care or this current debate we are seeing. but, really what's happening is a lot of frustration has been accumulated and playing out in the health care debate. voters were overwhelmingly opposed to bailouts began in the bush years. they opposed to them continuing in the obama year. they are opposed to the g.m. and chrysler takeovers. most oppose the cash for clunkers program. and there is just this frustration that people
rasmussen reports. the president's approval ratings are not good. his approval rating is at 47% of americans. that is lowest level, by the way, recorded so far. when you ask about strong approval, that number drops to 29%. we have fresh new gallup polls showing that the town halls are making an impact with american voters 34% say that they have become more sympathetic to the cause. the largest percentage of independent voters say that the town halls have not changed their feelings toward the protesters either way. we have brand new fox opinion dynamic polls that will change tomorrow. that is 45 minutes from now. let's bring in our panel. monica crowley is a conservative commentator. richard, you look at these poll numbers and it does not paint a very good picture for the president and his health care reform. >> i think it is fascinating that fox all day has been showing ms. rasmussen poll. i would urge your viewers to check realclearpolitics.com that show an average of the polling. his favorability rating is 53% positive. that is down a bit from where it was, but it is not as drastic as what
approve of the healthcare plans that are moving is 42% according to rasmussen. lower in other polls. so what minority are you talking about? >> a majority of the american people as well as the overwhelming majority of electoral college which is how we elect our president voted for this president and one of his major platform was healthcare reform. >> he doesn't become a take tarot when he wins. he still has to keep explaining himself. he doesn't become stalin once he wins the election. >> i completely agree and it is at least worth pointing out that in the bush administration they routinely christined people from attending their town hall meetings so this sort of thing wouldn't happen. it is an unfortunate situation which shouldn't continue. neil: we have a very rich history in our country of people getting upset on any given issue from slavery to prohibition. the cavutos showed up at all of those. and i'm just saying when they get very passionate that do not make them any less worthy of the debate. that is our rich culture. that is our rich history. what is wrong with it? >> we are see
is at the top of the agenda. secretary-general rasmussen just took office and is already visiting afghanistan. >> these are troubled nomads -- tribal nomad to have traveled afghanistan for centuries. while it may be campaign season, there is no sign of it here. but in a landscape of afghan politics, this place matters. these men are desperate, but they have real political power. his father is a top tribal chief, and what he says goes. he tells me that his father will back most hon. candidate, and that decision will deliver millions of votes. in the capital, 50 miles up the road, it is a different campaign under way. they are reaching out to individual voters with a message. people here are less traditional than those in the villages, and will generally make up their own minds on how to vote. this process is supposed to be fair and transparent, but behind-the-scenes, deals are cut, jobs offered, and money doled out. ultimately, this election could be decided by a huge powerful man who can deliver blocks of votes. this rough and ready election will be won or lost in the countryside. afghans in
agree weave to stay committein aghanistan as long as it takes to pvail. >> ders fogh rasmussen there. an entire town in china is in quarantine. a cond person hadied from mnemonic pgue. the town has a population of 1000. apart from t twodead, anotr 10 people a infected. the world health orgization says the do feel tt the chinese authities are taking apprriate measures. part of an overhaul of the legal system in japan has been broached. six locals have been selected at random to work with three judg on a murder tal. up to 100,000 people have lined the streets of mila to watc the funeral of former present. she led a popular urising against ferdinand marc. she diedf ccer at the age of 76. the banks have been blamed for helping to cause theworldwide recession, and now the are beg cticized for making money out of it, too. barclays a h.b.c. each made half aillion pounds inhe firs half of the year. >> is the worst global recession since the 1930's. ishe city on thrise again? today we foundut how twof the biest players have wehered the storm. barclays earned me than 3 billion pounds in the fi
morning news. we'll get the very latest polling numbers from scott rasmussen. >>> and also ahead later this hour, volunteers in maryland testing a vaccine that could impact. >> plus. >> if you ask my opinion, i'll tell you my opinion. i'm not channeling my husband. >> the question that set off health care. fox 5 morning news continues after the break. explain. oh yea, we for 6 months, customers get all three: fios tv, internet and phone for just $799 a month. oh, all right, see... you're just moving your fingers, aren't you? i gotta cut my nails. (announcer) now get three amazing fios services for the price of two. tv, internet, and phone for only... for the first 6 months. it all adds up to one incredible deal from fios. call the verizon center for customers with disabilities at 800.974.6006 tty/v unli cable, fios brings 100% fibeoptics straight to your home, for razor sharp tv, america's top rated internet-- now even faster, and crystal clear phone service. all for just... for 6 months. it's like getting 3 services for the price of 2. that's a $180 savings over six months for the bes
-- rasmussen have him below 50 the first niem his presidenpresiden. >> poll i looked at showed him in the low 50s in the gallup poll. the point being he's personally quite popular but his job approval rating is really equivalent to what it was with george w. bush. going back to healthcare quickly i think what you are running up against is that 85 percent of americans like their healthcare. they are satisfied with their healthcare. all of this debate now has stirred up their fears they are going to lose their healthcare they are going to have to g go a government program they are going to be taxed. >> this is a problem. more detail will become available the lessen kleined the american people are to support it. rasmussen has opposition to this plan. this is the one supported by the cbo down by nine. the presidential approval rating index is minus 11 for obama. >> the devil is in the details in all of this stuff. when you poll americans and say do you want healthcare reform they want healthcare reform. what happens is you go out and say we are going to contain costs and expands coverage. can you
suggested the country is turning against him. a rasmussen survey shows 53% oppose the health plan while 42% support t a gallop survey shows 36% want lawmaker0s oppose healthcare reform and 35% want lawmakers to support it and 29% say they don't care. in the first town hall since summer sessions become flashpoints, the president played defense. >> this is not about putting the government in charge of your health insurance. we're not talking about cutting medicare benefits. i'm not promoting a single payer plan. i won't sign a bill that adds to the deficit or the national debt. >> mr. obama also denied the house bill awaiting noor action would give the government any voice in end-of-life decisions. >> somehow it has gotten spun into this idea of death panels i am not in favor of that. >> he also denied the white house is clicting names of healthcare reform opponents. >> this is being portrayed as obama collecting an enemies' list. i just want to be clear that all i want to do is answer questions. >> the crowd appeared largely supportive. nier the end -- near the end, mr. obama searched for s
on at this vacation, and things could not be worse for him. the numbers are now a 45%. ha rasmussen, -14 on the presidential index rating. patterson is getting creamed as democratic governor of new york. corzine is in trouble in new jersey. harry reid is losing by 11 points. >> of the governor of massachusetts is behind the republican by five points. sean: when you put all of that together, going on vacation -- >> the big problem is these democratic senators and congressmen who are taking these unending stuff at town hall meetings. they are looking at obama on vacation. the real thing that is going on here is this unbelievable public groundswell against the health care package and concerned about the deficit. i thought that joe lieberman really broke some new ground yesterday when he opposes adopting the health-care package as it is now. he said, do not try to do it when we have this deficit and recession. that was a string of argumentation that really pulls all of the problems together in a very interesting way. i believe the democrats are going to try to ram this through with 50 votes.
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further down the road about this rasmussen poll that says that opposition to health care reform has stopped eroding. that's the good news, the bad news, it's not increased. the support has not increased. >> you know, trace. >> trace: taylor, we have to-- >> americans support a medicare-like options. >> they don't support that chase. >> both of you thank you much. >> thank you, trace. >> thank you. >> martha: all right, on to stormy weather. a broader storm system we're told mostly absorbed the remnants of tropical storm danny and down downgraded to tropical depression at this point, but the storm is expected to produce rough surf out there. dangerous rip current as it surges north and pounds the northeast with heavy winds and rain and you can see them thut the day. meteorologist janice dean is joining us now for the fox weather center. hi, janice. hi, martha. the good news this could have been a whole lot worse if indeed the forecast proved true, that danny was going to be a storm and then a hurricane. now, it's just a remnant low. it doesn't pack much punch and we're thankful for t
companies or its government. >> i think the poll is on that. >> julie: we'll be talking to scott rasmussen about what americans will be thinking about right now. >> trace: it's considering taking over such a personal issue of our life. it's very scary. >> gregg: police making an arrest in a frightening and bizarre attack on the mayor. tom barrett recovering in the hospital he was beaten with a metal pipe. he was attacked last night as he was leaving wisconsin state fair with his family. the mayor had just come to the aid of a woman when she was attacked by the pipe wielding suspect and then pounced on barrett and struck him repeatedly. mayor's brother had this to say a short time ago. >> she in stable condition. i have talked to him personally. he has a good sense of humor. he is -- he is great brother. he is good shape. he'll be fine. he did sustain some pretty significant injuries. he -- the doctors say he is stable and he'll be fine. >> gregg: from our fox affiliate is live. kathy explain what happened here and a bit more about how the mayor is doing. >> we are here at the press confere
about you the economy is in the process of recovering, even the rasmussen poll, not very favorable to obama, said the consumer confidence is now at a new high. i think a year from now, republicans who associated themselves with this are going to get blamed for trying to block the economic recovery, blamed for trying to block health reform and a very tough midterm election. >> pat buchanan what about the death panels and fear tactics that have been used by people like sarah palin? >> bob is rights there is no mandated mercy killing in here. >> the doctor would be reimbursed if you once in five years on the for voluntarily get some sort of advice or information, living will. >> here's the thing. look, here is the thing, the major purpose of this thing is cut costs, most of the costs are in the last six months of life. everybody has to talk about we have to cut back certain things, can't do certain things, then this physician counselor showing up with recommendations, charles line, other people say what they talk about very nebulous. you want to pass this, throw something out, throw o
ratings as well. latest rasmussen daily tracking poll has 28% of americans strongly approving of the job the president is doing but a whopping 40% strongly disapproving. that is not good. as far as health care is concerned. this another significant problem coming down the road is it legal will deal with it tomorrow. forcing americans to buy health insurance of any kind may be unconstitutional. according to a number of scholars, the feds can't force us to buy anything. just another annoying thing for the president to consider as he enjoys his $35,000 a week estate in the vineyard. the obamas are paying most of the rent themselves as the president made big bucks from his books. talking points hope the obamas have a good time and that the president understands not all of those who oppose his policies are doing so for nefarious reasons. yes, there are some who despise the president. but most of us want what's best for america. and bankrupting it certainly does not fit that mind set. with the president paying so much for a week of leash, you might think about money a bit. as it looms large in
rasmussen uses automated phone calls to collect its data. fox news's senior white house correspondent major garrett with the news live on martha's vineyard. and now, major where does the president stand as he begins his vacation, he's not going to make news this week, but you're making news about it, i know you are. >> and we're going to try, julie. look, the president needs a break and maybe the country needs a little bit after break visually from seeing the president. he's been out working hard the last month, during the congressional recess in the month of august, selling his health care plan and as he has worked harder his poll numbers on the specific issue of health care and for his presidency in general have gone down. it's not just rasmussen, it's gallup poll, "the washington post" had a pole showing less conference confidence in the direction. country and even though that poll had the popularity at 57%, but the polls show him losing steam and health care has become sort of a dominant framing for the obama white house. in september's he going to deal with a lot more issues. in mid se
now on "countdown." good evening from new york. a new poll even from the right tilting rasmussen reports now showing not only americans overwhelmingly want a public option but that support for health care reform collapses without one. after a morning filled with reporting about the white house deciding democrats need to go it alone on reform in our fifth story the afternoon saw a briefing in which the press secretary insisted there was no plan b to bipartisanship. president obama having campaigned on a platform of affordable, accessible health coverage for all including the creation of a, quote, new public plan that would, quote, help individuals purchase new, affordable health care if they are uninsured or want new health insurance. the white house now claiming to have been caught flat footed by anger over the casual defense of a public option. even though that rasmussen poll shows 57% of all voters would find health care reform untenable without it. quoting from "the washington post", i don't understand why the left of the left has decided that this is their waterloo said a sen
issue. >> the rasmussen reports, geoff, how would you rate the health care you receive right now, excellent to good, comes up to about -- and fair, talking about 74, 91%. i mean, these are pretty strong numbers. if we could take a look at that, please that rasmussen report on the health care we receive, excellent, good, fair, down to 17%. those are pretty strong -- that is a pretty strong support of what -- of the status quo, is it not? >> it is. it is why change is hard in health care. real schizophrenia, people on the one hand are satisfied with their own health care but the other hand they know that the health care system is not working well for others. the real question is i thought you did a real service earlier in the show you talk about these deeper issues, is the current system sustainable and that there is a lot of evidence it is not and people have a right to be concerned about whether they are going to be able to keep what they've got. frankly, you said nobody is talking about that i think president obama does it is a complex message to try to communicate. >> too compl
national debt will grow by trillions of dollars in the coming year, but a new rasmussen poll shows that 62% ofç americans wantç the government to cut taxes instead of increasing government spending. hallelujah. so why is obama not listening to the american people? joining us now ia columnist ben stein. çben, the numbers on these pols that are coming out, whether it is 62% who want their money back or no more spending, or presidentçç obama's approval rating, gala announced it is at its lowest in the year. if it has dipped below 50, it will be the first timeçç since war that has happened -- gallup announced at its lowest in this year. >> buying the allegianceçç of various interest groups, he is an old-fashioned chicago politician, an old-fashioned radical. there are the upper middle- income income taxpayers, and he )the votes to make sure that they remain loyal to them. it is a strategy that is a famous strategy in chicago, but will it work to get the economy out of recession? doubtful. çthey have a stimulusç packagf $787 billion. less than 50% of it has been spent so f
democrats to back off. take a look at this rasmussen poll which shows a sharp improvement in how americans view the health care system. and 80% of those polled rate their coverage add good or excellent. an 11% increase in only a year. i have an idea. instead of weastding a trillion dollars on health care reform nobody wants, why not just give everybody a tax cut in and tonight the waste 101 update features some of the tiniest cities. ouzinkie, alaska, has 165 people. no scores -- stores, no gas stations, not even a stoplight but the federal government is now spending $15 million of your stimulus dollars straight to ouzinkie to rebuild the airport. that's about $90,000 a resident. and according to the nonprofit journalism group pro publica, the standing -- standing rock sioux airport in north dakota is receiving millions in stimulus money and about the same number of planes that pass through atlanta's hartsfield every 90 minutes. they go to the standing rock airport every year. tonight's great moment in liberal foreign policy brought to you by president obama. the president has repeatedly v
of dollars in the coming year, but a new rasmussen poll shows that 62% ofç americans wantç the government to cut taxes instead of increasing government spending. hallelujah. so why is obama not listening to the american people? joining us now ia columnist ben stein. çben, the numbers on these pols that are coming out, whether it is 62% who want their money back or no more spending, or presidentçç obama's approval rating, gala announced it is at its lowest in the year. if it has dipped below 50, it will be the first timeçç since war that has happened -- gallup announced at its lowest in this year. >> buying the allegianceçç of various interest groups, he is an old-fashioned chicago politician, an old-fashioned radical. there are the upper middle- income income taxpayers, and he )the votes to make sure that they remain loyal to them. it is a strategy that is a famous strategy in chicago, but will it work to get the economy out of recession? doubtful. çthey have a stimulusç packagf $787 billion. less than 50% of it has been spent so far. yet the economy is starting to çre
. scott rasmussen is right here with the latest numbers. what are the latest numbers? >> xd53% or post, 4753% oppose % support. 23% strong support. greta: the president's plan has taken quite a beating with these town halls. we have citizens going and speaking up. i know that you are the numbers guy but in it is interesting that it is in a holding pattern. >> the support was falling before all of these town halls. the frustrations bubbled over because of the health care bill and partly because of bailouts. only 22% of americans believe that congress has a good understanding of the health care legislation. right now, the beating up that you described the president as taking does not change the numbers on health care, it has just made it more visible. the president's numbers overall are ok. greta: what about whether or not people believe that the quality of care would be better under the proposal? >> 50% of americans believe the quality of care will go down if this is passed. 52% believe that a cost will go up. those are exactly the wrong direction from what the president is looking at.
actually believe him? a new poll suggests that the answer is no. the latest rasmussen's survey asked americans if they expect taxes to go up or down or stay the same. under president obama, 6% of people said they expect a tax cut. 82% said they expect the taxes to increase or stay the same. it is sad when the vast majority of the people who voted for you do not believe you can deliver on those promises. sean: health care reform is not the only issue the democrats have lost control of. you can add cap and tax to the list as well. one democrat the slamming his own party for pushing the climate change legislation. timothy wirth later served as president clinton's clive -- climate change negotiator. he says the bill makes no sense. he said, "the republicans, in fact, are right. it is a cap and tax bill. that is what it is because they're raising revenue to do all sorts of things." you heard it here first. a democrat thinks republicans are right. the white house has build the town halls as a chance for president obama to hear from the american people. a closer look at last week's event in
health systems, according to pollster scott rasmussen has gone up from less to 50% to well over 50%. people threatened with the government plan have come to appreciate what they have got. bret: the president has said this country wasn't built on griping and complaining today. his white house press secretary said these town halls are manufactured events, went as far as saying that. it is an interesting thing to see the white house operating in this way, isn't it? >> there was also some accusation that the people coming to these gatherings are actually representing the interest of the insurance companies, which is really a stretch. they obviously feel that they have to fight back against these mobs because their own members who they have bewildered in recent weeks with mixed messages and not a lot of leadership from the white house have come home and can't even be heard at these meetings. now, i think the problem started weeks before the angry mobs showed up, and that is because there is no program that the leadership and the white house has been able to send conservative nervous mod
are fed up. >> yeah, exactly. there is a new poll out for rasmussen today it shows that when it comes to the u.s. healthcare system, 48% of the americans rated good or excellent. that's compared to a year ago where just 29 percent said that about 20% jump and a positive feeling about the u.s. healthcare system at a time when reformers are trying to convince us that it's all negative. sounds like people who are now worried about actually loading what they have are deciding, shep, maybe they actually like it. shepard: shannon bream on capitol hill tonight. shannon, good to see you. o.j. simpson's lawyer trying to get their exfootball star out of jail. today three nevada supreme court justices heard arguments on whether to grant the jews -- juice a new trial and let him out on bail. former golfing buddy clarence stewart was also there trying to get a new trial for him. remember, the two men are in jail for kidnapping and armed robbery. they pulled off a so-called sting operation in a nevada hotel in 2007 saying they were trying to get simpson's personal stuff back. simpson was sentenced
, a small town southeast of portland. population 7400. the mayor of the town is stu rasmussen and he dresses like a woman. it causes some controversy as you might expects mayor showed up at a youth event in heels and a short skirt. >> do you think it is appropriate to wear that type of clothing in front of ten-year-olds and 11-year-olds and 12-year-olds. >> they have been coming to my business for years and know me on a first name basis. >> don't you think the traditional families should have the option of having their children not see that? >> this is 2009. the same families 30 or 40 years ago w be concerned? the community decided cash they elected me as the mayor. i will admit what i was wearing may be misappropriate for the situation. the director should have taken moo he aside and said stu, this may not be appropriate and we could have discussed that. >> here now, attorney and fox news anchor ma may ma megyn kee to be careful on this one. what do you say? >> listen, stu should be hugging and embracing the people of silverton, oregon. that is a secular progressive town. this town elected
by trillions of dollars in the coming year, but a new rasmussen poll shows that 62% ofç americans wantç the government to cut taxes instead of increasing government spending. hallelujah. so why is obama not listening to the american people? joining us now ia columnist ben stein. çben, the numbers on these pols that are coming out, whether it is 62% who want their money back or no more spending, or presidentçç obama's approval rating, gala announced it is at its lowest in the year. if it has dipped below 50, it will be the first timeçç since war that has happened -- gallup announced at its lowest in this year. >> buying the allegianceçç of various interest groups, he is an old-fashioned chicago politician, an old-fashioned radical. there are the upper middle- income income taxpayers, and he )the votes to make sure that they remain loyal to them. it is a strategy that is a famous strategy in chicago, but will it work to get the economy out of recession? doubtful. çthey have a stimulusç packagf $787 billion. less than 50% of it has been spent so far. yet the economy is
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